The rise of Gatewatchers

As technology advances and the web 2.0 continues to dominate there has been a change in the journalistic industry. According to Bruns (2009) traditional media entities; print, television and radio are in decline both financially and in terms of audience. Traditional media is being replaced with alternative options such as daily news shows, blogs and social media (Bruns 2009). Whilst there is a negative stigma associated with these alternative media sources they are employing journalists which results in the public being the same if not more informed than traditional print audiences (Bruns 2009).

This shift from traditional media sources towards alternative media is also highlighted as a shift away from Gatekeeping and towards Gatewatching. Gatekeeping is essentially traditional media filtering the news so they only cover important, interesting and relevant sources for their audiences (Bruns 2009).

However! This gatekeeping presents a form of bias as the editor picks and chooses what information is important to them and their company not necessarily the entirety of their audience. This has resulted in a shift to Gatewatching which is where audiences play a more active role in the content and can access their information from a diverse range of sources with different viewpoints. The audiences can also bring useful and relevant sources to the editors and authors attention.

This argument relates back to several cases such as The Arab Spring and the theory of traditional media vs the blogosphere.

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Reference List:

Bruns, A 2009, News Blogs and Citizen Journalism: New Directions for e-Journalism , Queensland University of Technology, accesed 15th September 2015,https://moodle.uowplatform.edu.au/pluginfile.php/439967/mod_resource/content/1/Bruns%2C%20A.%20-%20News%20Blogs%20and%20Citizen%20Journalism.pdf

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3 thoughts on “The rise of Gatewatchers

  1. Hi Andy, this piece was quite interesting despite its simplicity. I hadn’t really considered that gatewatching could still be biased, and I think you are definitely right in saying that it is. However we, as an audience, can search through the plethora of sources that are available to us to understand many angles on certain issues.

  2. Great post! I liked the succinct explanation and your use of the Bruns reading helped to contextualize your claims. I suppose that I’m a little old-school, even though I use Twitter as my main source of news, I mainly stick to the feeds provided by established news outlets; branching from Keatsykeats’ comment, I try to use as many sources of news as possible in order to gain a clear picture of an issue (in the rare cases where they cover the same story). The main problem I find with relying on this is method of news collection is the “Filter bubble” created by recommended content software, which essentially goads users into fueling their own opinions under the impression that they are reading widely.

  3. Hey there 🙂
    I liked the use of Bruns readings in your blog it helped bring the topic and the information you have learnt about it together nicely
    I pretty much see all sorts of news on social media and at times read what is going on if its interests me. I find that I am using less old school media to get my news from which is crazy when you think about how social media has changed us!

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